Assuming you have a moderately old computer which acceptably runs Windows XP but is unable to run Windows 7 or older due to its limited hardware capabilities, what do you do in order to keep using that computer? You can’t keep using Windows XP because Microsoft has dropped update support and running an Windows XP computer online without security updates is pretty much suicide. You can’t install Windows 7 or higher because it will be slow as **** so the only thing you can do is switch to Linux.
Linux is a free, alternative operating system that allows you to use your computer just like you would in Windows. The only down side about Linux is poorer gaming support compared to Windows but you don’t mind that as your beat-up computer couldn’t handle gaming anyways.
Before we start, here’s what you need hardware-wise:
– at least 512 MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
– at least 7 GB of hardware space (20 GB recommended)
– a blank DVD
– optional: a DVD-Writer, if you don’t have one, ask a friend to burn an ISO for you.
You will have the chance to choose whether you want to keep your Windows installation or make a clean, fresh install (if you choose to keep Windows, you will be prompted during boot which OS to load, Windows or Linux)
First of all, make some room on that old hard drive, you will need at least 7 GB of free space, every bit of free space above that is welcome. The Xubuntu installer is able to partition your hard drive but it needs free space. Also, don’t bother if you intend to wipe everything off.
Now, get the latest Xubuntu DVD image (.iso) and burn it to a blank DVD (or ask a friend to do it for you).
The latest release is 15.05 and you have to proper iso depending on your CPU architecture. For 32bit CPUs, get Intel x86 image, while for 64bit CPUs, get the AMD64 image.
For screenshots purposes, I downloaded the 64bit version (xubuntu-15.04-desktop-amd64.iso).
Now stick that DVD into your DVD drive, reboot, make sure you have the DVD drive as the first boot device in BIOS and enjoy the ride.
After it finishes booting off the DVD, this is the first thing you’ll see. Click on INSTALL XUBUNTU!
Second step, choose to Download updates while installing and Install third-party software. Xubuntu will try to acquire an IP address through DHCP and connect to the internet.
Third, choose the installation type. Alongside Windows (dual-boot) or erase everything and only install Xubuntu.
Forth step, select your location. At this point, Xubuntu has already started to install itself if you’re wondering whats up with the high hard disk usage.
Fifth step, select keyboard layout:
Sixth step, choose a username, a password and a name for your computer:
Now sit back and relax while your new OS is being installed:
When done, restart your computer. You will find yourself in your new Xubuntu Linux XFCE Desktop:
If you find annoying the taskbar (xfce panel) and start button being on top (I do), you can get them on bottom:
– right click the task bar and go to Panel > Panel Preferences..
– uncheck “Lock panel”
– click the handler, hold and drag to bottom, then check back the “Lock panel” checkbox.
That’s it, you’re ready to go! Enjoy Xubuntu!